Mucus is essential to a healthy body. It helps protect us from germs and keeps sensitive body cavities lubricated.
It can also be a pain to get rid of when you have too much of it.
We’re about to start another long cold and flu season, and if you’re full of mucus you might be hacking and coughing constantly.
Clearing mucus can help you breathe easier.
If you want to learn how to expel mucus naturally, read on.
Clearing Mucus The Right Way
When you’re sick, clearing mucus can feel impossible. If you blow your nose too much the tissue can irritate your skin. If you cough it out it can irritate your throat.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do that can help make clearing mucus less unpleasant.
The next time you have a cold, the flu, or a bad case of allergies, consider using these mucus clearing methods.
Do you feel like most of the mucus is in your throat? A long gargle could be what you need to find relief.
Mix a generous teaspoon of salt with a warm glass of water. Tilt your head back and gargle for 30 seconds.
Be sure to not swallow the water.
The gargling and warm water can help loosen mucus. The salt can help soothe your throat and kill germs.
Take A Shower
When you’re feeling sick, taking a shower may be the last thing on your mind. However, giving yourself a quick scrub can be what you need to find relief.
Steam can do wonders for loosening mucus. The hot water in the shower can produce more than enough steam to get rid of the mucus in your nose and lungs.
If you’re feeling too weak to stand, you can boil water on the stove and take a quick whiff. Feel free to add lavender or other fragrant oils like tea tree to make the experience feel more luxurious.
Use A Humidifier
Moisture of all temperatures can be useful when you’re clearing mucus. If you don’t want to spend time in a hot shower or around hot water, turn on your humidifier.
The extra moisture in the air can help thin out mucus and make it easier to expel.
Close yourself in the room with the humidifier and relax while it does its job.
Use Essential Oils
Some of your favorite essential oils can help you fight mucus build up.
Many essential oils have antibacterial and calming properties. If you use the right ones, they can help alleviate other symptoms and help reduce mucus build up.
Lavendar oil smells great and has powerful antihistamine, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Mixing it in with your shower or humidifier could be what you need to start feeling better.
Peppermint has soothing properties and can be used to help open nasal passages. Put a few drops on a tissue, and take a deep breath in before you blow your nose.
The next time you have trouble clearing mucus, don’t automatically reach for an over the counter medicine. There’s a lot you can do on your own that can break down mucus and help you feel better.
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